Which Benzoyl Peroxide Should I Use for Acne?

Benzoyl peroxide medications are useful for treating and preventing acne. There are both over the counter and prescription varieties of benzoyl peroxides for acne, and there are many different strengths and formulations. Many people wonder: Which benzoyl peroxide should I use for acne?

What is Benzoyl Peroxide?

Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne Helps:

  • Reduce the inflammation in the skin
  • Remove dead skin cells that are clogging the pores
  • Shed excess oil (sebum) from the pores

Is Benzoyl Peroxide Good for Acne?

Which Benzoyl Peroxide Should I Use for Acne?

When choosing which benzoyl peroxide to use, you should consider if you’d prefer a gel or cream that you leave on your skin, or a wash that you can rinse off.

What strength of benzoyl peroxide to buy will depend on how sensitive your skin is. Many people can tolerate stronger percentages like 10%, while others may find this too drying, and prefer a 5% or even a 2.5% strength benzoyl peroxide — at least to start with. You can later titrate up.

‘Bacne’ Vs. Acne: Which Benzoyl Peroxide Should I Buy?

Benzoyl Peroxide: Side Effects

Common Side Effects

  • Redness
  • Peeling
  • Itching/Irritation

In many, these side effects improve with time, and go away. However, you should always talk to your doctor if you experience them. If you experience side effects, your doctor may recommend using your product less frequently until you can tolerate it more. Sometimes, using a lower percentage benzoyl peroxide, like 2.5%, can be a good place to start. You can always build up to a higher strength later.

Using Benzoyl Peroxide: Other Things to Know

Allergies to benzoyl peroxide are rare, but possible. If you have any irritation, stop using the benzoyl peroxide and talk to your doctor. Severe reactions are rare, but swelling, hives, or breathing problems can signal an allergic reaction, and you should seek immediate help if they happen.

Benzoyl peroxide may not be the right choice for you if you have more sensitive skin or have a skin condition, like eczema.


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